What is a Septic Tank?
The septic tank is a buried, watertight container typically made of concrete, fiberglass, or polyethylene. It holds the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle out (forming
sludge) and oil and grease to float to the surface (as scum). It also allows partial decomposition of the solid materials. Compartments and a T-shaped outlet in the
septic tank prevent the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling into the drainfield area. Screens are also recommended to keep solids from entering the drainfield. It is highly recommended that new tanks have risers with lids installed at the ground surface to allow easy location, inspection, pumping and maintenance of the tank.

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1. What is a Septic Tank?
2. What is a Drainfield?
3. What is a 100% Expansion Area?
4. What is an “Engineered” Septic System?
5. How Do I Find My System?
6. Why Should I Maintain My Septic System?
7. How Often Should I Inspect and Pump my standard Septic System?
8. What Shouldn’t I Flush Down My Toilet?
9. How Do I Take Care of My Drainfield?
10. What Are the Effects of Improper Design or Installation?